Ten moves from the Marvel Cinematic Universe have come out so far (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073)) and even more villains have been introduced. Some of these brainy baddies have captured our attention just as much as the heroes they fight against. Unfortunately, there are some unfortunate adversaries that only serve to disappoint comic-book fans everywhere. Here is my rundown of the villains so far.
BEST Marvel Villains!
Let's get this straight, in the midst of Germany, during World War II, posing as a Nazi, the Red Skull is able to train an entire army of Hydra soldiers as he creates an arsenal of weapons with alien technology, all without being detected. His motivation is solid as well. Not revenge, but complete world domination, like the villains of old.
Malekith deviates from the majority of other Marvel villains because he isn't trying to take over the world, he is trying to end it entirely. He doesn't care about Thor, Asgard, or heroes in general. His determination drives him to launch a successful assault against Asgard, which is no easy task. Malekith for all intents and purposes, is what evil is truly supposed to be.
Obadiah Stane makes Mr. Billionaire Genius Playboy Philanthropist look like a fool to use Stark's own company to build an improved version on Stark's suit. Iron Monger lands a spot on this list for the same reason Red Skull did. He was able to pull off incredible feats without even being noticed.
Okay, I write a lot of articles about Loki, and that's because he reminds me so much of Benjamin Linus from Lost. No matter how horribly he was portrayed, he manipulated both the good and the bad and saw it all as the right thing to do. In [Thor: The Dark World](movie:206462), he tricks both the bad guys (Malekith when he pretends to cut of Thor's hand in order to fool the Dark Elves) and the good guys (the whole faking his death thing) in order to do what he though was right (taking his place as the rightful king of Asgard). Say what you will about him, his is one of the most brilliant villains that ever was.
This one couldn't be more obvious. For all intents and purposes though, I am including both Trevor Slattery and Aldrich Killian in this portion. The comic character of Mandarin was a brilliant concept. The ten rings on his fingers would shoot out fire and other deadly projectiles to combat Stark. However, after all the teasing that [Iron Man 3](movie:24391) put you through, it ends up showing you that the Mandarin was a hoax the whole time. The movie tries to remedy this at the end, with Killian screaming "I am the Mandarin." Sure, right after saying that he was beaten to a pulp by Gwyneth Paltrow with a pipe. If you want to live up to the Mandarin's reputation, try not to give all your plans away Incredibles style to the one man who would be able to stop you.
This choice is probably going to spur the most controversy. Let me start this off by saying that I loved Guardians of the Galaxy. Out of the ten, it definitely makes it up in the top three. However, when Marvel has introduced magnificent villains like Loki and Red Skull, Ronan is kind of a let-down.
He makes it obvious that he is all-powerful when a single pulse from his staff snaps a guys neck. Therefore, when the Guardians storm Ronan's ship, he could have easily taken them all out with a few thrusts of his staff. Not to mention, he was infused with the power of the power gem, which should have made things even easier. He just tries to engage them in a fair fight. What about that is villainous?
As far as villains go, Whiplash was probably the least productive of all the Marvel movies. He starts out building these awesome electrical whips to take down Iron Man. When that fails, he starts automating dozens of drones to help him kill Iron Man. However, at the end of the movie, lasers and rockets butchered the drones within minutes.
So let me get this straight, his motivation through the entire Iron Man 2 film was to kill Iron Man. No taking over the world or becoming all-powerful, but killing one guy in a shiny suit. After spending weeks and millions of dollars coming up with some master plan, it fails in about an hour. Great villainy dude, great villainy.
Let's face it, The Incredible Hulk was just a bad movie. That goes for the villain as well. The majority of the movie was based around trying to contain Bruce Banner and stop him from hulking out all the time. The first eighty percent of the film had basically no villain except for the scores of people trying to take Banner out. However, within five minutes towards the end, Blonsky becomes the Abomination and a massive battle ensues. Look, if you are The Incredible Hulk's nemesis, don't show up for a fraction of the movie just to be beaten to a pulp.